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Traveling is a passion. I developed mine at a young age when my parents would pack my sister, Sheri, and me into the back of our old Studebaker for sojourns that criss-crossed the United States. As my sister and I aged, and my parents had more time and discretionary income, their trips became more elaborate and took them to places further a field. Their stories, pictures (and the results of their shopping) nurtured the seed they had planted. I luckily married a man, Bill Reilly, who has a great sense of adventure and a passion for food and wine that rivals the one I have for travel. Thus, as a team, we set out to eat and drink our way around the world. When we began traveling we used the services of Mark Twain Travel, then owned by Bob and Gloria Baker. We used Mark Twain Travel as the Baker’s and their staff were well traveled. We liked the fact that when we spoke to them about a destination they could share information from personal experience, not from a brochure. When the Bakers opted to retire they suggested that we turn our travel avocation into a vocation. We did so in 1990. Since that time we have tried to remain true to the model they started. It is our belief that people will feel more secure, confident and at ease if they plan a trip with someone that has personal travel knowledge and experience. To this end, I would like to share Bill’s and my non North American travel resume. Each of our staff will “introduce” themselves separately and will share their own travel resumes*. Although each of us will “introduce” ourselves individually, please know that we will work together with you as a team to insure that you get the best information and assistance. We look forward to sharing our experiences and to working with you as you develop your own special travel memories.
*The Century Travel Club allows one to count as a country “visited” one that a person has “landed at or traveled through”. Neither our staff nor we include those in our resumes. See below.
I have been a member of the Mark Twain Travel team since 2008. I previously have worked in the bus charter business, chartering and hosting bus trips to casinos, NYC trips, as well as baseball games. I also have worked in international sales, which is how I first began using Mark Twain Travel's services.
My husband and I have been traveling for the past 36 years, taking vacations to Hawaii, Aruba, as well as cruising to the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, and Bermuda. Our first cruise was in 1993 and from that date on, have cruised at least once a year, many times including our boys, who now have the cruise bug too.
Most recently, since becoming a travel consultant, I have had the pleasure of visiting Punta Cana, Jamaica, Cancun, Las Vegas, and Ireland. Since cruising is my first love, I have had the privilege of helping many people plan a fun and memorable cruise vacation.